Islamabad, 29 January 2024 (TDI): Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Hossein Amir Abdollahian, during his visit to Pakistan, met with his counterpart, Foreign Minister of Pakistan Jalil Abbas Jilani in Islamabad today.
Foreign Minister Hossein Abdollahian is on an official visit to Pakistan upon the invitation of Foreign Minister Jilani. The invitation was extended during a telephone conversation between the Foreign Ministers of Pakistan and Iran.
During his visit to the Foreign Office, Foreign Minister Jilani welcomed his counterpart. Both leaders engaged in comprehensive talks to enhance bilateral dialogue and engagement and to further strengthen Pakistan-Iran relations.
During the meeting, Foreign Minister Jilani underscored the brotherly relations between Pakistan and Iran. He also reaffirmed Pakistan’s commitment to deepen and broaden the existing wide-ranging cooperation with Iran.
In addition, he also highlighted the imperative for collective and collaborative approaches to confront terrorism that posed a common challenge to both Pakistan and Iran. He also stressed the robust institutional mechanisms between the two countries on security cooperation should be fully leveraged.
Following the discussion the two Foreign Ministers agreed on immediately appointing liaison officers in Turbat and Zahidan to further strengthen ongoing security and intelligence cooperation.
Moreover, noting the security and development are intrinsically interlinked, the two Foreign Ministers agreed to expand initiatives for economic and development cooperation including through early operationalization of the joint border markets.
This arrangement would facilitate uplifting the socio-economic status of the people of both countries, especially those residing in the border regions.
The two sides also decided to establish a Joint Coordination Mechanism at the level of Foreign Ministers to oversee and steer progress on a common agenda for prosperity and development of the two peoples.
Following their meeting, both Foreign Ministers engaged in a joint press stakeout.
Acknowledging that regular high-level engagements provide a leadership driven impetus to the bilateral relations between Pakistan and Iran.
In this backdrop, the Foreign Minister renewed invitation to honorable President of Iran, Ebrahim Raisi to undertake a visit to Pakistan.